Pittsburgh Penguins look to bring back Ottawa Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar

Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar during a game against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in...

Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar during a game against the Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., March 31, 2012. (ROB CARR/Getty Images/AFP)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:05 PM ET

OTTAWA - If the NHL does start a shortened season next month, don’t expect Sergei Gonchar to finish it with the Ottawa Senators.

The veteran defenceman, going into the final year of a contract paying him $5.5 million per season, will be targeted for a trade by the Pittsburgh Penguins once a collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Whether Gonchar’s former team waits until whatever date is set for the trade deadline or a makes a pitch before the season begins isn’t known, but league sources say Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero has interest in bringing back the 38-year-old.


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